Coverack Camping

UK England South West England Cornwall Falmouth

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Traditional camping on the Lizard Peninsula with easy access to coast, countryside and Cornish ice cream

The white-washed homes and cottages of Coverack, tumble down from the surrounding hills as if drawn by the promise of the beach and the irresistibly pleasing sight of fishing boats bobbing on the water. Resisting the pull, are two farms on the edge of the village, both owned by members of an old-school Cornish family, the Roskillys. The north-east hillside is home to their ice cream farm and the organic dairy herd that supplies it. The south-west hillside is home to Coverack Camping, with a pleasant footpath connecting the two.

Caravans and campers have been making their way to Coverack Camping at Penmarth Farm for half a century, attracted by the valley views and sea glimpses the place provides. Established by Ben and Georgia Roskilly, it’s now being run by the next generation; nephew Jake and his partner Annette. There are plans to make improvements, perhaps to even (whisper it) introduce some glamping but, for now, the modernisation has been subtle and it remains a fairly traditional place. The few static caravans of yesteryear and the slightly creaky toilet block may be gone but it remains a back-to-basics site with simple facilities. New compost loos, refurbed showers and a washing up sink are about the size of it; everything you need and nothing you don’t.

Pitches are pre-allocated and set across a number of hedged paddocks either side of a track which gives access for the campervans, motorhomes and caravans that are all welcome here. There are just three hard-standing pitches where electric hook-up is possible. The rest, 27 for caravans and 30 for tents, are grassy and off grid. For tent campers, the established access route means it’s perfect for those who like the convenience of parking next to pitch.

The real glory of this place is that it’s the closest campsite to the village (apart from a few pitches in the YHA garden). It’s a five-minute walk on footpaths to the sand and shingle beach that low tide reveals at Coverack and to its little harbour. The village has all the basics; a shop, fish and chips and somewhere to hire kayaks and paddleboards. You can walk from here on the South West Coast Path or drive 30 minutes to the UK’s most southerly spot at spectacular Lizard Point. And, don’t forget, for a taste of Roskillys organic ice cream you only have to hike over to the next hill. It’s a couple of miles from the campsite and a visit also offers a look round the farm. Cows, countryside, coast and ice cream... the staples of a holiday in Cornwall are here in spades – or should that be scoops?

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There are six composting toilets and a block of six showers. There's a partially-covered washing-up area and a communal fridge/freezer is available. The site has WiFi and very good 4G coverage. Barbecues and campfires are allowed but only in off-ground fire pits; bring your own as they are not currently available to hire on site.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, well-behaved dogs – yes. Groups and noisy folk – no.


The campsite is situated above the beautiful fishing village of Coverack. It is an easy five-minute walk down to the beach and harbour via an off-road, scenic valley walk. The beach is suitable for swimming and Coverack Windsurfing Centre, which operates out of the harbour, offers lessons in windsurfing and equipment hire for stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking. The southwest coastal path passes through the village. Porthkerris Diving School (01326 280620) is six miles up the coast and the beautiful beaches at Kynance Cove and Lizard Point are both within 30-minute's drive of Coverack Camping. Roskilly's Farm is three miles away but can be reached via a lovely walk through the fields. There (along with eating ice cream – see below) you can join a pottery lesson run by ceramicist Sally Tully (book in advance).

Food & Drink

On a warm sunny evening there's nothing better than a cold beer and fish and chips sitting on the sheltered harbour wall; try the takeaway options from The Lifeboathouse (01326 281 400). Also in the village is The Paris Hotel (01326 280258) which serves food and also does takeaway. Archies Loft (01326 281440) is a cute little cafe serving Roskilly's Ice cream and quality takeaway food. The village store has a range of goods including local produce and, for special occasions, try The Bay Hotel restaurant (01326 280464). Roskilly's Farm is the best place to try the family's well-known Cornish ice cream, as it is direct from source. There's also a casual restaurant on site that serves breakfasts and lunches.



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The Owner Says

Coverack camping is a basic site for caravans, campervans and tents and, in the future, glamping pods within a five-minute valley walk of the safe swimming beach and harbour of the village of Coverack. Coverack is a beautiful village on the east side of the Lizard Peninsula with a shop and a cafe, a restaurant and a pub. A windsurfing school operates in the harbour hiring out kayaks and SUPs. Fishing trips operate from the harbour. The campsite was run for over 50 years by Ben and Georgia Roskilly, It has now been taken over by his nephew Jake Roskilly and Annette Wittkamp.


Three hard-standing pitches with electric hook-up and 57 grassy pitches.

Touring Pitch 0 plus EHU

Hard-Standing Pitch with EHU Sleeps 6 4 Available
Hard standing pitch with electricity, suitable for caravans and camper vans. 5 minutes valley walk to Coverack beach. Each pitch suitable for 1 vehicle, sleeping up to 6 people.

Main field -Caravan pitch 4

Grass Pitch Sleeps 6 10 Available
Grass pitch with no electricity, 5 minutes valley walk to Coverack beach. Each pitch suitable for 1 vehicle, sleeping up to 6 people.

Main Field - Tent Pitch 14

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 7 Available
grass pitch with no electricity suitable tents 5 minutes valley walk to the beach sleeping up to 6 people

Long Field - Tent Pitch 21

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 10 Available
Grass pitch with no electricity, suitable for tents, 5 minutes valley walk to the beach, sleeping up to 6 people.

Donkey Field - Tent Pitch 31

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 20 Available
grass pitch with no electricity suitable tents 5 minutes valley walk to the beach sleeping up to 6 people

Bay Field - Tent Pitch 51

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 6 Available
Grass pitch with no electricity, suitable tents, 5 minutes valley walk to the beach. Sleeps up to 6 people, limited vehicle access.

Bens Field - Tent Pitch 57

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 4 Available
Grass pitch with no electricity, suitable tents, 5 minutes valley walk to the beach. Sleeps up to 6 people, limited vehicle access.

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Contact Coverack Camping, Penmarth Farm, Coverack, Cornwall TR12 6SB

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Getting There

From Helston, take the B3083, past the Royal Naval base Culdrose. Turn left at the mini roundabout on to the B3293 towards St Keverne and follow the road past Goonhilly Earth Station (you'll spot the satellite dishes). Just before getting to Zoar Garage, turn right and, after a mile, turn left. Follow the road for a further mile and you will come to the campsite on your left. This is the back route in to Coverack village. Access via the village is ill advised for touring caravans and large campervans.

The nearest train stations are at Truro and Redruth. There is a direct bus service from Truro to Coverack. From Redruth, take a bus to Helston and then the local bus to Coverack. Services are by provided by FirstGroup. The campsite is a short walk from the bus stop.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 10 reviews


Beautiful views

My husband and I with our springer spaniel Fred, stayed at this lovely natural site. Short walk to the village along a path and straight to the harbour for food and beverages. The facilities were very clean and perfect for us. Hosts were fabulous and helped us book a last minute stay. Very friendly warm and welcoming.

Great views and a lovely site

The site is well organised with good toilet and shower Facilities. The views from our pitch (Bay field) are stunning and the walk to the village and sea was well marked and short. In Coverack there are two good pubs and a fish and chip restaurant as well as grocery store sticking all you need. A sweet little harbour has boat trips and there is a beach for swimming from. You can walk along the coast path easily from here and access to many beautiful coves along the lizard peninsular is a short drive. The site was quiet and we will are looking forward to our next trip there
Jul 28, 2021 by Pete and Nat

A super few days at Coverick

Booked 3 days at the campsite. Arrived and pitched, facilities were great, showers hot, plenty of thunder boxes,(toilets). Very friendly, everyone at the site spoke to us, quite location, staff were outstanding, could not do enough for us, will rebook again in the future. Thank you for a wonderful stay......
Jul 28, 2021 by Steve Davis Verified Review

Wonderful experience

Stayed here last week in donkey field lovely view of the bay. Pitches very good size, facilities kept clean. Great to hear tawny owls calling every night. Would stay again and recommend.

Beautiful, peaceful site with stunning sea views

We had a fantastic stay in Bay Field and woke up to wonderful sea views. The site is very friendly, peaceful and well equipped. Great showers, clean and warm. Highly recommend. Will definitely be back again soon.


I like this place as our 1st camping experience because it was quiet we had plenty of space, amazing walks around, great little village with a good beach that its great for kids and also fishing around the rocks if you want to. Great little shops in town we loved specially one in a tiny house on your way down that sells ice creams oh my god... Best ever ice cream we ever had!!!. The only down bit but thats because we are a bit peculiar its the unisex toilets, as a parent that its not great but noticed that many people camping have their own toilet so its our next thing on the list, showers where great plenty of sockets by the shower if u need to charge your phone, and a shared fridge if u needed. Overall yeah great place

Welcoming, quiet, relaxed and not over-developed - Perfect!

My wife and I (and our dog) had the most wonderful week based from Coverack Camping July 21. The pitches are enormous, the facilities basic but perfectly fit for purpose and immaculately clean, and the relaxed rules meant we were able to enjoy (raised) campfires every evening overlooking Coverack Bay. The absence of additional development (playgrounds, manicured and demarked pitches, on-site shop etc) provided exactly the rustic and relaxed setting for which we were looking. As for location/activities, once there you needn't drive at all! The South West Coastal Path and numerous other public footpaths are within a stone's throw, the sheltered bay no more than 10 mins walk away is perfect for swimming and paddleboarding/kayaking and a beautiful coastal walk will get you to the delights of Roskilly's Farm within 90 minutes. We could not recommend it highly enough!

Nice week in Cornwall

We had a bit of a rainy stay in Cornwall but this was a really nice campsite that we based ourselves in. Lots of room to pitch our enormous tent and quiet at night. Good showers and the compost toilets were comfortable and well lit. Friendly and amenable owners, even though we turned up after 9pm and had to pitch in the dark.
Jul 12, 2021 by Joanne Bragg Verified Review

Great campsite

Lovely location with just a few minutes walk to Coverack which is a cute little village that has quite a lot to offer for its size. Shower was great! Hot water always available and really good water pressure. Composting toilet didn’t smell and was always found clean. There’s also a little covered area where you can cook, sit, charge devices, etc. Campsite exceeded expectations!
Jul 11, 2021 by Petra

Fantasting location, great views

I stayed for 2 nights in mid June, the views are amazing and great access to some incredible walks. The site was still undergoing some upgrades or improvements when i was there so there were few amenities, however when that's all finished I'm sure this will be one of the best camp sites around, great for getting away from the hustle and bustle of town or city life. Will stay again in the future, thank you for having me at that time.

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Coronavirus Booking Guarantee
  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
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  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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